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Fever 1793
Laurie Halse Anderson
Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday
Megan McCafferty, Sarah Dessen, Jacqueline Woodson, Carolyn Mackler, Steve Almond, M.T. Anderson, Julianna Baggott, Cat Bauer, Emma Forrest, David Levithan, Sarah Mlynowski, Sonya Sones, Zoe Trope, Ned Vizzini, Joseph Weisberg, Tanuja Desai Hidier
Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story
Adam Rex
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Jenny Lawson
Front and Center (Dairy Queen Series #3)
Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige - Kathleen Gilles Seidel I get the impression, sometimes, that this is more the type of fiction that "grown ups" like me are supposed to read - books that have main characters whose kids are getting married and whose marriages have ended. Usually, when someone says something like that to me, I tell them that they are ridiculous, because I am only 32! Years! Old! and I'm not married and I don't have kids. Also, am not a real "grown-up", ask anybody. Plus? I have read a lot of those books, and they are sooo boring: I'm sorry that you are having a mid-life crisis, but you'd think that the crisis part could at least be semi-entertaining and not just so horrible that you want to curl up in your bed and forget about reading altogether. So, ordinarily, when people recommend things like that to me, I tend to think it's because they're saying I'm too old for what I normally read (YA is for EVERYONE, haters!), OR that they have really horrible taste in books ("Good literature must be boring and depressing!") and disregard their opinions. But I read somebody's review of this book (can't remember where), and thought: 'Well, it doesn't sound horrible,' so here we are. And it was really good. Yes, the main character's life is kind of in a shambles. But she knows it, and she's working on it, and she screws things up, and keeps her sense of humor, and doesn't ignore the parts of herself that have gotten her this far in her life, and just shows up. I mean, she shows up, and does her best (or sometimes not, but that's ok), and it's actually entertaining to read. This is a book about somebody who actually is a 'grown-up', and she's ok with that: being responsible and caring about her family and trying to make new friends when you have no idea how to do that anymore... it was relate-able, even though we aren't the same age. Which, if you ask me, is the key to any book's enjoyability: Picture books through grand literature, fantastical realm through realistic contemporary - Are you telling the truth? Can I recognize it as such? There was definitely truth here, so I can recommend it.